Archive for the ‘Cognitive Development’ Category

“Monsters in My Bed!”

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

You’d think we’d be prepared for this phase of sleep disturbance, as little M had the same phase not even three years ago. But it’s funny how quickly we forget. Little T is very soon 3 years old (how did that happen?!), and sleep did not come easy the first 18 months of his life. But then, […]

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What Every Child Needs, Royal or Not

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The news lately has been brimming with stories about the birth of gorgeous little Princess Charlotte, with opinions on her name and Mum Kate’s beautiful glow bringing on the biggest headlines. Royal or not, though, that little baby girl has the same needs as any other baby out there, and Prince George will also feel the same joys and challenges […]

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Mindful Parents & Children – the gift of presence

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Today has been one of those days when I can say that I’ve had a calm, happy, simply perfect day with my children. Yes, I know – I should be saying that every day and every moment with them is perfect, but then you’d be sure to stop reading right now as no parent would believe such […]

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“Praise the Way” to Your Child’s Success

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Our Discover article “Praise the Guide to Praise” talks about how the right sort of praise is incredibly important to supporting your child’s development. Young children learn through positive feedback, and praise contributes to making your child feel important and noticed. Importantly, praise works best when we “praise the journey”, i.e. praising efforts rather than just the results. A new study now confirms […]

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Music to my ears….

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

I came across this on a rainy afternoon, and it really cheered me up!  It turns out that all those hours at the piano as a child have paid off, even if it didn’t make me a famous piano player. There has been a lot of research in the last few years around music and […]

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Close to Dad

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

At Mayamin we love it when research includes Dads. And a fresh study now adds to the “goodness of Dad”, showing that babies whose fathers engage positively with them at three months old behave better at 12 months. We know how important the first year of life is for our children’s development – their environment […]

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Your Noble Toddler

Monday, July 9th, 2012

We often talk about toddlers being “selfish’, or perhaps a better word is self-centred, as they can find it hard to look beyond their own immediate feelings, wants and needs.  It has indeed been found that under the age of 6 brain immaturity means children often are at the mercy of their impulses, making it […]

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Babies Learn Goldilocks Style

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

How babies learn is always a fascinating topic, and research continues to reveal secrets behind their incredible developmental journey.The latest research shows that Goldilocks doesn’t just exist in fairytales; it turns out that when babies learn they choose to focus on information that is “just right”- not too simple and not too complex. This is their […]

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“Terrible Twos” inevitable?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

We all know about “toddler tantrums” or the “terrible twos”. It’s what every parent expects to experience once their little ones get to the age where they test boundaries….and parents’ patience! A new study is now placing a question mark on whether less desirable behaviours in toddlers really are inevitable, or whether a lot of […]

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Attention Please…

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Listen up! Apparently, early baby training to improve concentration skills can mean improvements in other areas too, perhaps even positively affecting later school success. Studies have shown that young children who have better “attentional control” tend to later demonstrate better learning at school. The explanation is that a child who is able to concentrate on […]

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